Thursday, 4 February 2016

EH Shepard's Pencil Case

EH Shepard's pencil case exhibited in the House of Illustration, London, January 2016

E.H. Shepard is known for his Winnie the Pooh illustrations which to his regret overshadowed in the end the rest of his work. He came to resent Pooh ("that silly old bear") seeing that the illustrations which were for him a sideline became his trademark so to speak. Shepard did political cartoons for Punch magazine and during the First World War he served in France, Belgium and Italy carrying his pencil case wherever he went and drawing sketches from life in the front. The exhibition in the House of Illustration (London) includes over a hundred of original sketches and drawings from the artist's pocket books and correspondence. They are quite a world apart from whimsical Pooh bear. However, it was Pooh who won the hearts of the public.

Pencil case and paint box of EH Shepard in the House of Illustration exhibition "EH Shepard An Illustrator's War". Shepard's son from whose teddy bear, Growler, he had drawn inspiration for Pooh, lost his life in the Atlantic during WWII. 

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